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12:21pm

Wed July 25, 2012
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Impact of U.N. Treaty Debated in Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s Senate delegation is expressing concern about a proposed United Nations treaty being debated this week in New York.

The proposed treaty would seek to regulate the sale and transfer of arms between nations. The treaty is intended to reign in the sale of the weapons that fuel armed conflicts worldwide.

Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander have both announced their opposition to the treaty. Alexander expressed his concerns in a recently posted YouTube video.

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12:18pm

Wed July 25, 2012
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Tennessee's Liberal Medical Licensing Praised

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The founder of the Knoxville-based charity Remote Area Medical (RAM) says he wishes more states had Tennessee’s liberal medical licensing laws.

Stan Brock says RAM has treated more than half-a-million patients since 1992, but it could serve even more if state laws were changed.

Brock formed RAM initially to provide free medical care in poor communities overseas. He discovered a similar need locally when an East Tennessee county asked him to arrange free care for local residents. The county’s only hospital had just closed.

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11:37am

Mon July 23, 2012
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Tennesseans Take to Early Voting Option

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Early voting is gaining popularity in Tennessee.

Tennessee Election Commission Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins  says this year's early voting turnout is on track to surpass the last two comparable August elections.

Goins says early voting started in 1994 and has become more popular every year.  Voters clearly like early voting, and Goins says the option also reduces the strain on state resources.

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11:32am

Mon July 23, 2012
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Tennesse Student College Loan Debt Relatively Low

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee generally scores poorly on education-related “best of” lists, but there are exceptions. The state fares well when the subject turns to student loan debt.

USA Today notes that total student debt in the U.S. has now passed the $1 trillion mark, for the first time exceeding the nation’s credit-card debt.

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11:52am

Fri July 20, 2012
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Tenn. Political Heavyweight Pushes Health Care Exchanges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Former Senate Majority Leader and Tennessee heart surgeon Bill Frist is calling on states to get going on their health insurance exchanges.

The exchanges are part of the Affordable Care Act and some Republican governors who oppose the law are refusing to set them up.

The Tennessee Republican writes in an opinion piece for The Week magazine that the idea for state exchanges originated with the GOP. He calls them innovative and market-driven.

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